Panier of Plenty

Exploring at altitude

Sunday 23rd September, ‘Volants de Bassegoda’.

The first view, Bassegoda region.

Mountains in every direction.

Looking up.


Chapel, St Marti de Corsavell.

St Marti, once a grand estate.

The lush forest.

Can Nou, the peak of Bassegoda behind.

Symbolising the Camino.

Just across the border in Spain lies ‘Bassegoda’, a natural reserve
culminating in the peak that rises to 1,373m. As part of a randonnée
transfrontalière (or cross-border hike) organised by Albera Viva,
we left the village of Albanyà by 4wd, climbing part of the mountain
road. Tiny chapels are hidden in the heights, with their frescoes
protected from light, perched on precipices close to the sky, as
the view is immense, and plunges to encompass the deep valleys that
lie in the space between the chain of the Pyrénées that stretches
as far as the eye can see, from Spain to France, with Canigou (still
bare, his upper slopes golden where the snow usually lies) dominating
to the North-West.

The ‘staircase’, eroded rocks litter the slopes.

The windy mountain path offers another vista.

Looking back…

St Joan de Mussols, on precipice.

The approach to St Joan.

Chapel, St Joan de Mussols.

St Joan interior, fresco.

Exploring the ruins.

Albanyà, St Joan visible between trees…

While ‘alone’ with our thoughts (after scaling the vertical rocks leading
to the peak), we were also reminded of the ongoing quest for recognition
of ‘Catalan identity’ as the independence movement gains momentum,
flying the flag for ‘Catalunya Independencia’, high above the dividing
range that naturally seperates North from South, as if to say “benvinguts”
(welcome) to Catalonia.

Puig de Bassegoda (peak).

This entry was published on September 26, 2012 at 6:23 pm. It’s filed under Adventure, Catalan, Country Life, Country Living, Environment, Europe, Expat, Forest, France, Hiking, History, Landscape, Leisure, Life, Lifestyle, Mediterranean, Nature, Photography, Pyrénées, Randonnées, Rural Life, South of France, Spain, Thoughts, Travel and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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